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Before there was Instagram, there was the Claude glass—a small, tinted, convex mirror that was popular in the 18th century. Toted in artists' cases and tourists' pockets, the portable mirror offered a transformed view of the scenery that became popular with wealthy British vacationers—a world viewed through a Claude glass was a journey through ephemeral snapshots of softly-rendered nostalgia. 

 

 

 

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A garden shed compeition (including an entire category devoted to Tardis-inspired sheds), why trees matter, Earth Day, new blogs from Wired and One Kings Lane, orchid show in Houston, DIY Saturdays at CB2, and a Savage Love column for insects.
Looking for some new furniture or accessories to spruce up your back yard this summer? Here are some new grills, firelights, dishes (above), and chairs that are perfect for summer entertaining. 
When Marg Helgenberger, the longtime star of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, was shopping for a new home five ears ago, she found the perfect place in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood—but the gardens were overgrown and needed to be rethought. Architect Barbara Schnitzler, interior decorator Maggie Marra, and plant consultant Judi Bloom helped Helgenberger transformed the property into a stunning Mediterranean-style house and garden. 
On the grounds of a former estate outside of Philadelphia, a cadre of master gardeners presides over an oasis of earthly delights. We've put together some ideas—paired with photos—from Chanticleer that any home gardener can use to design their own spaces. 
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Snapshots of furniture available at the 20th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
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Contemporary Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger hung flowers, seeds, and branches in a 17th-century church in Venice as part of the 50th Venice Biennale. They called it Falling Garden, a world in which visitors lie in repose on the mausoleum floor, while "the garden thinks for them." 
Artist and florist Livia Cettis authentic artifice results in charming paper flowers and foliage, which are available for sale.

 

What’s cooking? Nigel Slater’s new book, Ripe, follows the Brit from his home orchard to his kitchen table. Plus: His recipe for blackberry focaccia!

 

Jardins, Jardin, Paris’ avant-garde garden show, is the anti-Chelsea—it ran over the weekend, from June 1 to June 3. A quick look from The Telegraph's deputy gardening editor, Joanna Fortnam, about why she loves this French garden party. 

 

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